There are plenty of places to go for advice about how to cope with climate apocalypse. You will have to decide for yourself if any of them are useful.
Here are some places to look for support in coping with difficult emotions.
- Good Grief Network
- “We aim to build personal resilience while strengthening community ties to help combat despair, inaction, eco-anxiety, and other heavy emotions in the face of daunting systemic predicaments.”
- Climate Psychology Alliance
- Seeks to unearth the buried attitudes that contribute to continuing disaster, and to provide support for people coping with climate apocalypse.
- Jem Bendell’s list for emotional support
- Simultaneous with the publication of his original paper, Jem Bendell provided a list of places to look for emotional support to deal with the difficult feelings provoked by his ideas.
There has grown up an industry of counselors who aim to help people with their response to climate change, blending psychology and spirituality to offer comfort. Some of these people have been practicing for decades, and are now enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
- Joanna Macy
- Purveyor of “The Work That Reconnects,” a workshop method that “helps people transform despair and apathy into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world as our larger living body.”
- Carolyn Baker
- A lifelong psychotherapist and author on the topic of collapse, Baker aims to help the reader find a way toward personal transformation to prepare for collapse.
- Charles Eisenstein
- “A more beautiful world is possible,” by changing our story from one of separation (from nature and from our own spirit) to one of “interbeing,” where we live in the truth that all things are connected in a web of life.
Some people have been moved to devote their lives to creating resopnses to climate apocalypse. Collectives have grown up, with particular ideologies and objectives.
- Dark Mountain
- An artists’ collective: “Together, we are walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted. We are tracing the deep cultural roots of the mess the world is in. And we are looking for other stories, ones that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.”
- Extinction Rebellion
- A popular political movement: “Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimize the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.”